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Fats, Oil & Grease (FOG) Program

As a directive of the US EPA Consent Decree, the City was required to develop and implement a FOG control program, specifically for Food Service Establishments (FSEs).

The program consists of education for residents and commercial food service establishments and a Fats, Oils, and Grease Ordinance. During a time when the City is heavily investing in state of the art sewer infrastructure, FOG control is vital to maintain the proper operation of wastewater collection and treatment systems. To help enforce this necessary program, the City has entered into an agreement with Summit County Public Health to coordinate inspections of FSEs suspected of violating the FOG control requirements.

Here are some program materials to help FSEs eliminate and keep track of grease cleanings: 


PDI Certified Grease Interceptors

PDI Certified Grease Removal Devices

ASME Certified Grease Interceptors

Grease Interceptor Sizing Guide

Conditional Interceptor Waiver Request

Grease Hauler Manifest Form

Grease Haulers

GI Maintenance Log

Cleaning Frequency Variance Request

FOG Best Management Practices (BMP)

Self-Cleaning Guidelines

Self-Cleaning Video

A Restaurant Guide to Exhaust Hood Cleaning

Hood Cleaning Companies and Filter Exchange Programs

Yellow Grease Disposal

Used Oil Pick Up and Compost Companies

Water Core Sampler – Sludge Judge

Sludge Judge Training Video

1000 Gal Grease Interceptor Standard Drawing

For More Information Please Visit:

The National Restaurant Association

The Right way to dispose


While FSE’s are one of the contributors to FOG material, residential households can also do their part to keep sewers clear. Individuals can take a few simple steps, such as:

  • Do not pour fats, oils and grease down the drain. Don’t rely on your garbage disposal and sink drain to get rid of the grease.
  • Use a paper towel or napkin to remove greasy leftovers from pots and dishes prior to washing in the sink or dishwasher.
  • Pour cooking oils & scrape grease into a container and dispose in the garbage.
  • Food waste can also contain FOG. Place leftover food, scraps and fat trimmings in the garbage, not in the garbage disposal.

For more information about the FOG Program, please call (330) 375.2963 Ext. 7187 or email us at [email protected]

Additional Resources

Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) Program

Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) Program

Industrial Pretreatment Section
Water Reclamation Facility
2460 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
p (330) 375-2963 f (330) 375-2966

email FOG

"To prevent interference, pass through,
and sludge contamination,
while meeting regulatory requirements."

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